A Baroque Music Listening Project
"Not Baroque Enough"
I have wanted to build a better understanding of Baroque music for a while. My forays into Baroque are limited to what I’ve played on my violin and listening to compositions I like. I don’t have a formal education in music or music history - so this seemed like a daunting task.
"Listen more. Listen to different composers and see how they had their individual styles. Try to understand how that style changed from composer to composer".
- Recognize a piece of music as being from the Baroque era by listening
- Listen to a piece of Baroque music and recognize which sub-era (e.g. early or middle Baroque) it belongs to
- Summarize the musical changes that happened over the era
- Recognize the instruments and their changes over the era
- Understand and talk about the different genres that flourished during the era
Creating the List
- Jan Swafford’s The Vintage Guide to Classical Music. This lucid book has a list of notable compositions with composers by their era in the Appendix. I used it to create the first draft of the list.
- I looked at various top 10 and top 20 Baroque composer lists and added the ones missing from my initial list.
- I augmented the list of compositions with recommendations from The NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia of Classical Music (2006 Edition). This book, though informative, does not list a couple of composers at all.